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Decorated Navy SEAL identified as man who died in skydiving accident in Perris

By in Press Enterprise on October 4, 2017

By Gail Wesson

A decorated Navy SEAL and recreational skydiver was killed when his parachute failed to properly open in Perris on Saturday, Sept. 30, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and military officials.

Cmdr. Seth A. Stone (Photo courtesy of Naval Special Warfare Command)

Cmdr Seth Stone, 41, of Kaneohe, Hawaii, “jumped from a hot air balloon,” FAA spokesman Ian Gregor wrote in an email.

Stone, who was assigned to the Special Operations Command Pacific in Hawaii, was not on duty at the time.

  • Cmdr. Seth Stone, a decorated Navy SEAL and recreational skydiver, was killed when his parachute failed to properly open in Perris on Saturday, Sept. 30. He is shown here in a 2008 file photo at an event honoring a fellow SEAL who was killed in battle. Photo by Jebb Harris/Orange County Register/SCNG

    Cmdr. Seth Stone, a decorated Navy SEAL and recreational skydiver, was killed when his parachute failed to properly open in Perris on Saturday, Sept. 30. He is shown here in a 2008 file photo at an event honoring a fellow SEAL who was killed in battle. Photo by Jebb Harris/Orange County Register/SCNG

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In civilian jumps, the FAA looks at whether the parachutes were properly packed by the appropriate people, according to Gregor. Other details about the incident are part of the investigation.

The incident was reported about 7 a.m. near Goetz and Mapes roads in Perris, and the Riverside County Sheriff/Coroner’s office gave the address as the Perris Airport where Skydive Perris is located. Stone died at 8:50 am. at a local hospital of his injuries.

But other than saying the incident was an “air emergency” where the victim suffered injuries in a fall, sheriff’s officials declined to give a description of what happened.

Stone was a highly decorated […]    

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